MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
On the day the bodies of two RFI journalists killed in Mali were repatriated to France, we look at coverage in the French media of the increasing dangers of reporting on conflicts. Also, last month's controversial BBC interview with comedian Russell Brand is still in the news - we take a look at the latest twist in the story. Finally, a blog shows a series of police mugshots from the 1920s.
Radio France Internationale, the sister radio station of France 24, is in mourning after the murder of two of its staff. Veteran journalist Ghislaine Dupont and technician Claude Verlon were highly experienced in the field and knew Mali and many countries in Africa very well. Both were shot dead in Kidal, northern Mali, on Saturday. We take a look at reaction from RFI listeners, their colleagues and the French media in general.
Two political scandals involving "pain au chocolat", just twelve months apart... We bring you the details of the latest embarrassment for the French political class involving breakfast pastries. Also, after the passing of Gérard de Villiers, we take a look at what the media is saying about the famous French spy novelist. Finally, a surprising and spooky close to BBC's Newsnight show on Hallowe'en.
Those hostages had better explain their beards! And that odd-looking scarf! What are they playing at? There has been a media furore in France over the rather odd insinuations of far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen regarding the attire and scruffy appearance of four ex-hostages who returned to France yesterday. The four had been held captive for three years by the North African wing of Al Qaeda.
We take a look at the main question surrounding the release of four French hostages in Niger: did the French government pay? Next up, US politicians get tough on the NSA while David Cameron gets tough on the media concerning NSA revelations! Finally, the French government backs down on implementing a so-called "ecotax" after a protest organised by Bretons - we take a quick look at the online campaign.